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Law could protect Web
companies’ original work

Consider this hypothetical situation. The founder of a start-up company focuses its business on collecting, repackaging and publishing financial and technical information about select biotech companies online. The company’s Web site and sales are booming as institutional investors and individual ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Urban League of Rochester N.Y. Inc.

The Urban League of Rochester, N.Y. Inc. has entered its 34th year of delivering quality training and support services to the area’s African- American, Latino, poor and disadvantaged populations. An affiliate of the National Urban League, the local organization adheres ...

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Unions can help spread
nation’s prosperity to all

As we stand at the dawn of a new century, the nation faces crucial choices: Do we fight for America’s newfound prosperity to be shared by all, or do we continue to feed the lion’s share of the benefits of ...

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A company gifts policy
helps avoid ethics binds

“My company doesn’t have a policy on accepting gifts from vendors, but I always feel awkward when a vendor sends me an expensive gift. No matter what I do, nothing seems to be the right choice. If I send it ...

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Voice recognition software
still has a long way to go

(In honor of my 10th anniversary as computer columnist for the Rochester Business Journal, I have passed the baton along–for this month anyway–to a new sidekick, my 12-year old son, Paul.) It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to find this ...

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First-person stories wanted

Have you faced and overcome a challenging situation that others might learn from? Would you like to write about it for the Rochester Business Journal? If so, then we’d like to hear from you. Selected stories will be published in ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Camp Good Days and Special Times Inc.

In its 20th year of service, Camp Good Days and Special Times Inc. is “the premier service organization for children and families touched by cancer, HIV/AIDS, violence or other life threatening challenges” in the country. In addition to its cornerstone ...

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New state review law
will affect HR staffers

Human resource staffers, as well as all those covered by employee-based health plans and individual health plans, need to be aware of the provisions of New York’s external review law, which became effective July 1. First, it is important to ...

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Challenges, opportunities
found at life’s edges

A friend of mine recently reminded me that life is more abundant at the edge–where the sea meets the shore, the forest meets the meadow, the cold meets the warmth. She went on to muse that if life is abundant ...

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U.K., U.S. have similar
health care objectives

“The English never draw a line without blurring it.” –Winston Churchill As I mentioned in last month’s column, I recently attended an international health care financial management conference in Bristol, England. Health care financial executives from both countries focused on ...

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Women face hurdles
managing windfalls

Experience and common sense tell us that women, as a group, tend to view money and risk differently than men do, use different styles in handling finances and, because of traditional gender roles, have had less experience in dealing with ...

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Managers must compromise
with IT department

“Whenever we have computer trouble, we have to turn the problem over to IT–the department known around the company as the one that never gets anything done. Often, my own people have a pretty good idea of how to fix ...

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First-person stories wanted

Have you faced and overcome a challenging situation that others might learn from? Would you like to write about it for the Rochester Business Journal? If so, then we’d like to hear from you. Selected stories will be published in ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County Inc.

The Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County Inc. provides legal advice and representation to low-income county residents with non-criminal legal problems. This assistance is provided by some 900 private attorneys who volunteer their time. The organization refers an average ...

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ESOPs can increase tax
benefits, productivity

The National Center for Employee Ownership estimates that more than 11,000 employee stock ownership plans, better known as ESOPs, are currently in place in the United States, covering more than 10 million employees. Although many employees covered by an ESOP ...

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